- your pet may be groggy for about 12-24 hours. Please give some assistance when getting into/out of the car (for dogs), and when walking or climbing stairs. Keep your pet confined at home for 12-24 hours to prevent accidents.
- Pacing, disorientation, and vocalization may occur in the early recovery period. Please give us a call if any of these signs persist longer than 3 days.
- It is best to completely keep children away from your pet for 24 to 48 hours because your pet may experience residual anesthesia and possible postoperative pain and could be unpredictable.
- Your pet may have a decreased appetite and water intake for a few days. Please only offer half a meal the day of the surgery. It might take 2-3 days before your pet starts to eat and drink normally.
- It might take a few days for some pets to urinate or have normal bowels movements.
- As the anesthetic agents wear off, your pet may experience slight discomfort. Please do not hesitate to contact us immediately if you think your pet is experiencing severe pain so that we can make recommendations accordingly.
- Please do not give your pet any medications other than what was prescribed during surgery. If your pet still seems painful, please contact us.
- Some pets may experience a sore throat with a subsequent cough for a few days due to endotracheal intubation (tube placed down the trachea for general anesthesia). Please give us a call if this persists over 5-7 days.
Home medications and instructions
Medications dispensed are on a case-to-case basis. We are sure to check the complete history of each pet and prescribe medications based on each pets’ specific needs.
Recovery instructions are based on the type of surgery that was performed on your pet.
On the day of your pets scheduled outpatient procedure, a technician will provide you with the necessary documentation on how to care for your pet post-surgery.
Below are basic instructions on how to care for your pet for the first TWO weeks after surgery.
- Strict activity restriction for 2 weeks. Absolutely no jumping, no running, no running up and down the stairs, no playing with other pets and kids for 2 weeks. We know how difficult it can be to restrict activity after surgery but many complications can be avoided completely just by preventing too much activity in the immediate postoperative period.
- Leash-walks only for 2 weeks
- E-collar for 2 weeks. E-collar all pet mates or keep them separated for 2 weeks
- No baths or swimming for 2 weeks
- Please keep the incisions as clean and dry as possible
- Monitor incision sites daily for excessive redness, swelling, discharge (purulent), dehiscence and call us if you are concerned at all.
- Staple/Suture removal in 2 weeks. A technician will let you know if this step applies to your pet.
Potential complications – See photos below
Do not use hydrogen peroxide to clean any wound. A warm cloth is preferable.